ASIA/IRAQ - President Barzani: we will not withdraw from the reconquered lands, Kurdistan will be multiethnic and multireligious

Thursday, 17 November 2016 international politics   wars   jihadists

Bashiqa (Agenzia Fides) - The Kurdish Peshmerga troops will not withdraw from lands they reclaimed from ISIS in the military campaign for the liberation of Mosul, explaining that this was agreed with the United States and Iraqi government. This is what Masud Barzani, President of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan said on Wednesday, November 16, meeting the local media in Bashiqa, the city of Nineveh province liberated from the Peshmerga in the first week of November.
Barzani also rejected allegations of organizations committed in human rights that have recently accused the Kurdish forces of demolishing houses in some of the liberated areas, reiterating that the stay of those who collaborated with the jihadists of the Islamic State will not be tolerated in the lands recaptured by the Kurds. "Different ethnic and religious groups living together is the kind of Kurdistan we want, where Mullahs call for prayer, Church bells ring and Yezidis worship in their temples", said among others the Kurdish President.
In the town of Bashiqa, just liberated, the Peshmerga soldiers re-installed large wooden crosses on the roofs of churches, along with their flags. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 17/11/2016)